A special tree planting ceremony took place at Cancer Fund for Children’s Daisy Lodge therapeutic short break facility in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains on November 11.
The Planting Hope for Children with Cancer ceremony was a unique celebratory event to mark the contribution of a very special group of people including Moy Park, who have helped to ensure the vital support delivered at Daisy Lodge continues by purchasing a tree.
Money raised through the Planting Hope for Children with Cancer fundraising initiative will help Cancer Fund for Children to provide restorative short breaks at Daisy Lodge for families when they are at their most vulnerable. Since the charity opened the doors of Daisy Lodge in April, last year, almost 500 families have enjoyed a short break there where they benefitted from rest, relaxation time together as a family and the opportunity to benefit from a range of therapeutic support.
At the ceremony guests, including Rory Foundation who kindly supported the fundraising initiative through an event held during the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, were accompanied by a family who have benefitted from a stay at Daisy Lodge, to help them plant the trees in the garden of the state-of-the-art facility.
The trees planted will form an avenue of trees to welcome families to Daisy Lodge and are a permanent reminder of the wonderful support received from Moy Park. This support will transform the landscape for families devastated by cancer supporting them season after season for many years to come.
Cancer Fund for Children’s CEO, Gillian Creevy, said: “The atmosphere at this unique and special event was one of joy and hope as these beautiful trees were planted along the avenue at Daisy Lodge.
“It was a truly momentous occasion. Each tree is a metaphor of the support, hope and comfort that the charity provides for families across Ireland whose lives have been devastated by cancer. The vital funds donated by Moy Park will help families at various stages of their cancer journey to benefit from some much-needed rest.
“The change we see in families after their break is nothing short of remarkable, they emerge relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to continue on with whatever lies ahead. A sincere thank you to each and every person who purchased a tree and to the Rory Foundation for their continued valuable support.”
Briege Finnegan, Brand Marketing Manager, Moy Park commented: “Moy Park was established in Northern Ireland in 1943 and as a company with local roots it’s fantastic to be able to support the work of Cancer Fund for Children.
“It was an honour to plant the Moy Park tree at Daisy Lodge and we would like to wish Cancer Fund for Children every success with the campaign.”
For more information on Cancer Fund for Children’s Daisy Lodge Short Break Centre please visit www.cancerfundforchildren.com